Notes from the Field: Leaving for Langa


Josh Elder, 2010 Teach with Africa fellow, is a 7th and 8th grade teacher of Life Sciences at KIPP Philadelphia Charter School.

The Teach with Africa program has been incredible.

The teaching fellows that I have worked with so far are some of the most amazing, intelligent, and hard working individuals that I have had the chance to work with. In addition to living in a house together with over 15 people, it has created some great times to develop bonds with each other.

The picture above is the next incredible step in my journey.

In about an hour I will be headed to Langa. Langa is a township outside of Cape Town that a majority of the students I am teaching come from. Langa is one of the townships that was set up during the apartheid era in South Africa, and a place of residence for Black South Africans.

I will be living with a host family there for two weeks. I am extremely [humbled] at the opportunity to live in a community that has experienced so much hardship and struggle.

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